Ford Motor Co. is looking to accelerate the slow trickle of hybrids dribbling out of its Kansas City, MO, assembly plant, but claims to be hamstrung by a battery shortage. The auto maker, currently producing the Escape Hybrid cross/utility vehicle at the rate of 20,000 units per year, plans to launch at least four more hybrids by the end of the decade, but the company's chairman and CEO says it could sell more now if supplies of the most essential component were increased. Ford wants ...

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